1. India’s water reservoirs at 54 pct capacity in past week

India’s water reservoirs at 54 pct capacity in past week

Water levels in India's main reservoirs were at 54 percent of their storage capacity in the week to Aug. 11, up 1 percentage point from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 11, 2016 6:01 PM
The weather office has retained its forecast for an above-average monsoon this year, boosting hopes of a rise in farm output and income after two years of drought. (Source: Reuters) The weather office has retained its forecast for an above-average monsoon this year, boosting hopes of a rise in farm output and income after two years of drought. (Source: Reuters)

Water levels in India’s main reservoirs were at 54 percent of their storage capacity in the week to Aug. 11, up 1 percentage point from a year earlier, government data showed on Thursday.

The latest levels were lower than the last 10 years’ average of 55 percent, but 9 percentage points higher compared with the previous week.

The weather office has retained its forecast for an above-average monsoon this year, boosting hopes of a rise in farm output and income after two years of drought.

Water levels in reservoirs are important primarily for irrigation during the summer and winter months, and for hydropower generation.

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